Aetna and North Shore-Long Island Jewish Announce Three Pay-for-Performance Agreements

North Shore-LIJ and physicians to receive financial incentives to reach various clinical quality, efficiency and member satisfaction goals

NEW YORK, New York,December 17, 2008 — Aetna (NYSE: AET) and the North Shore-Long Island Jewish (North Shore LIJ) Health System's Faculty Practice have entered into three pay-for-performance agreements which will provide financial incentives and support totaling more than $3.6 million to help the North Shore-LIJ hospitals and Faculty Practice improve care quality, safety and patient satisfaction.  

"Working together to tailor opportunities for higher reimbursement around patient-centered improvements in care quality, safety and satisfaction is a shared goal between Aetna and North Shore-LIJ," said Glenn Pomerantz, M.D., Aetna Northeast Region medical director. "These multi-year agreements, which we have developed together, reflect our shared purpose of encouraging and rewarding the consistent use of the best practices in medical care." 

The selected measures are intended to achieve the following objectives:

 "We think this is a good first step to partner with a payer to achieve higher quality of care.  The key to good business arrangements between a payer and provider is to achieve better health care for our patients.  We are pleased that Aetna recognized this as a way for our two organizations to work together," said Howard Gold, Senior Vice President of Managed Care and Business Development at North Shore-LIJ.

 The three agreements, which provide an opportunity to earn a total of $3.6 million, include the following components:

1.)  A ten-hospital Pay-for-Performance Program that is specific to care delivered to Aetna members in our commercial products.  The first year of this two-year agreement, which begins in 2009, will be a demonstration program.  It involves incentives for the North Shore-LIJ hospitals to improve:

2.) A second Pay-for-Performance Program that is specific to the North Shore-LIJ   Faculty Practice treating members within Aetna's commercial, employer-sponsored or individual health benefits products. This three-year agreement provides incentives for:

3.)  The third Pay-for-Performance program is specific to the North Shore-LIJ Faculty Practice treating members who have an Aetna Medicare plan. This program includes dedicated patient management staff from Aetna who will support the North Shore-LIJ care teams to help improve care quality for these patients, and provide incentives to the Faculty Practice for:

About NSLIJ 
The nation's third largest, non-profit, secular healthcare system, the North Shore-LIJ Health System cares for people of all ages throughout Long Island, Queens and Staten Island - a service area encompassing more than five million people. The health system consists of 15 hospitals, 17 long-term care facilities, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, five trauma centers, five home health agencies, a hospice network and dozens of outpatient centers. In addition, North Shore-LIJ is partnering with Hofstra University to develop a new medical school. Excluding its affiliate organizations, North Shore-LIJ facilities house 4,844 beds, have more than 7,000 physicians, and employ about 9,150 nurses and a total workforce of about 33,250 -- the largest employer on Long Island and the ninth largest in New York City.  For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com.

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